17 Country Singers Who Used Cannabis For Creativity

This article by Taylor Engle was originally published on The Bluntness and appears here with permission.

Cannabis is renowned for its influence and inspiration in the music world, and we usually associate this intersection with hip hop, R&B, rap and rock. 

However, a 2017 study actually revealed that there are more cannabis references in country music than in rap or rock, and that country stars sing more about cannabis than any other drug.

“Country music does have the most drug mentions, and a lot of the country songs do speak about quite a bit,” data scientist Logan Freedman told Rolling Stone in an interview. Freedman and his team analyzed euphemistic lyrics and overt references, concluding that quite a few country stars sing about smoking weed. 

Some have even gone as far as to boldly admit they’ve tried it, liked it, and never plan on giving it up. Willie Nelson and Toby Keith are two of the most well-known country stars who are also public about their cannabis use, and singers like Blake Shelton and Hank Williams Jr. have alluded to the plant in their music, but haven’t come out and said whether or not they indulge.

Despite the confusion that may still surround the plant (specifically among the country music listener demographic, which tends to reside in areas where cannabis remains illegal and frowned upon), more celebrities have been opening up about their use in order to educate and erase the stigma. 

Country musicians have begun to follow suit, starting with these 17 country stars, who have openly admitted to smoking weed.

1. Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson has definitely earned his spot as country music’s most well-known toker – the singer even has his own line of cannabis, Willie's Reserve. Nelson is the only person who’s ever been able to out-smoke Snoop Dogg, which is a cannabis badge of honor in itself. 
Cannabis has been his drug of choice since 1978, when Nelson gave up cigarettes and whiskey due to health complications. He’s been toking ever since. 
Lighting up with Nelson is recognized as the rite of passage it is, bestowed upon only the worthiest in country music.

2. Toby Keith

Another country great known for his cannabis affinity is Toby Keith, country singer, songwriter, and actor. Keith is one of the brave souls who has faced Nelson, prompting him to write the song “I’ll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again.” 
The smoke session was so intense, Keith never made it to Charles Barkley’s birthday party, which he was planning to attend that evening.

3. Reba McEntire

This is perhaps one of the most surprising names on the list, but yes, you read that correctly: Reba McEntire has admitted to smoking …

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